Larry Temkin, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, published his book Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning with Oxford University Press as part of its Oxford Ethics Series in December 2011. Rethinking the Good illustrates that we are committed to various moral ideals that are fundamentally incompatible with the idea that "better than" can be transitive. Temkin develops many examples where value judgments that we accept and find attractive are incompatible with transitivity. While this might seem to leave two options -- reject transitivity, or reject some of our normative commitments in order to keep it -- Temkin is neutral on which path to follow, only making the case that a choice is necessary, and that the cost either way will be high. For more information, please visit http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Philosophy/EthicsMoralPhilosophy/?view=usa&ci=9780199759446.
VPDT Larry Temkin publishes
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011